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Mission Encounter 2021

Theme: There’s Far More Here based on 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

When: Starting July 1 to August 5, 2021, Every Thursday at 7 pm

6 sessions include

  •  Opening and Closing worship on July 1st and August 5th, 2021
  • 4-session book study from July 8 to 29.   
  • Virtual Format through Zoom

Cost: $10 per participant

Registration: Click here to register online

Detailed course description: click here (pdf)


Finding Peace in an Anxious World by Erin James-Brown

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique Morris

Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom: Living Into the Church’s Moral Witness Through Radical Discipleship  by Darryl Stephens

Youth: Becoming Peacemakers in a Culture of Violence by Jay Godfrey

Children: Responding to Violence by Sue Raymond

Serving 101, The Mission of God’s People by Christopher Wright

Books may be ordered from Mission Studies 2021  ($10.00) or available on

Frequently Asked Questions

Mission Encounter Purpose statement

Mission Encounter prepares United Methodists for faithful living and action by participating in a transformative education program based on biblically grounded curricula in order to be in ministry for a more just and equitable world – locally and globally. Mission Encounter lives out our Virginia Conference vision, “to be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve.”

What is Mission Encounter?

Mission Encounter is a joint effort between VAUMC United Methodist Women and Serving Ministries, inviting members to be involved in the mission of God. In other conferences, this gathering is known as Mission U, hosted by the United Methodist Women. Uniquely in Virginia, however, we made it a joint event and call it Mission Encounter. We pray that every member will hear the call of our Lord to be part of the mission, and be sent to the world! 

What happens at  Mission Encounter?

For participants, Mission Encounter is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society based on current social justice and mission related topics. Participants grow in understanding the mission of the church in the current world context; conference events are open to all.

Mission Encounter is a cooperative event sponsored by the Virginia Conference Missional Ministries Board and the Virginia Conference United Methodist Women.

Is CEU available? 

2 CEU credit is available for all clergy members.
Serving 101 also qualifies as a Lay Servant Academy Continuation course.